Our curriculum is unique because it has developed and evolved through years of experience
and observing what actually works with children. In designing our curriculum we have used
the Montessori philosophy as the foundation and combined it with aspects from other
impressive programs, such as the Waldorf Philosophy and the Reggio Emilia Approach. In
order for children to have a well rounded learning experience we also offer a diverse range
of extra-curricular activities as part of our curriculum.
Our curriculum is custom designed by our Director of Curriculum, Mrs. Shamsa Tanvir, to
best fit the needs of our children. Ms Tanvir has a degree in Education and over 30 years of
experience in the field of early childhood education. Some of the key features of our
Multi-age grouping: Children are grouped in mixed ages and abilities, 18 months - 3 years, 3
- 6 years. There is constant interaction, problem solving, child-to-child teaching, and
socialization. Children are challenged according to their ability and never bored.
Learning Centers: Each class has learning centers for language, math, practical life,
sensorial and science/geography. Children are free to move around and choose activities
from the learning centers.
Portfolio Assessment: There are no grades, or other forms of reward or punishment, subtle
or overt. Assessment is by portfolio and the teacher's observation and record keeping. The
test of whether or not the system is working lies in the accomplishment and behavior of the
children, their happiness, maturity, kindness, love of learning and level of work.
Role/Imaginary Play: The Waldorf philosophy suggests children learn through imitation and
doing. Imaginary play is considered the most important "work" of the young child and the
activity through which the child grows physically, intellectually, and emotionally. A portion of
the school morning is devoted to uninterrupted imaginary play in our puspose build town
Art: The Reggio Emilia Approach is a model of early childhood program which has
been receiving considerable attention all over the world. It comes from Reggio Emilia, a town
in northern Italy. The Reggio Emilia approach is based on the assumption that children learn
best in groups and are resourceful enough to come up with their own ideas for lessons.
Under the Reggio Emilia system, children investigate themes like angels or elevators; water;
fountains etc. The method is designed to engage and electrify children. Its supporters
contend that in the process children create works of unparalleled beauty and complexity. Our
curriculum planning and implementation revolve around open-ended and often long-term
projects that are based on the reciprocal nature of teacher-directed and child-initiated activity.
Long-term projects are used as vehicles for learning. We use arts as a symbolic language
through which children can express their understandings in their project work.
Reading Program: As children turn four, they are exposed to a formal reading program. The
reading scheme consists of various levels and children progress to the next level based on
their skills and readiness. The books are independent/take home reading. The teacher
interacts with a child on a one to one basis, to introduce, review and change a book. Any
three year old attaining a required level of readiness will be placed in the reading
Language Program: We use the LetterLand Series as part of our language program.
Letterland is a child-friendly, multi-model system for teaching children to read, write and
spell. The secret of its worldwide success lies in its pictogram characters, set in a delightful
place called Letterland. Letterland characters are a careful fusion of letters and animated
characters. These simple powerful images contain the basic phonic information that children
need for accessing print.
Organic Nutrition: We believe that the key to healthy growth and learning is healthy nutrition.
We serve wholesome and organic snacks to children. Children at the Preschool are
provided with a morning and afternoon snack. Lunch has to be brought from home.
Extracurricular Activities: We offer a range of extracurricular activities for our children in
order for them to have a well rounded learning experience. The different activities include
yoga, music, gymnastics with Fun Bus, computers, Spanish, gardening, and cooking. All
activities are offered at no additional cost as part of our program.
'A Progressive Montessori'
|4901 Arroyo Trail. McKinney, TX